Club loses bid to sell alcohol

first_img “You don’t close Dodger Stadium because there was a murder in the parking lot,” he said. “You don’t close a bank because it’s been robbed. Sometimes these things occur at events. We have one fight in a year and we’re asked to shut down,” he said. Yaffe asked Diamond how many fights Rome Fine Dining was entitled to. “More than 10,” Diamond answered. Diamond said without being able to sell alcohol, Rome Fine Dining will likely be forced to close, even before the nightspot’s pending lawsuit is heard. “This could mean that 60 people will be out of work,” he said. “It’s in the public interest for these people to have a job.” But Kimberly Hall Barlow, attorney for the city, said Rome Fine Dining continued to operate after its license to sell alcoholic beverages was suspended for 20 days earlier this year. Diamond said the city risks having to pay damages if it loses the suit. “If we win the lawsuit, we can recover damages,” he said. “The restaurant has a lease only through May of next year. It’s not like the business will go on for years. He’s got a $20,000-a-month rental.” Jeff Collier, director of community development for Whittier, said he doubts the city would face any financial liability. “We took the action for the right reasons,” he said. “It was important because there are public safety concerns.” Yaffe also ruled Wednesday on a lawsuit by Rome Fine Dining that challenges tough new regulations the city imposed in December. Yaffe upheld all but one of the rules, striking down only a requirement that the club hire two city police officers to provide security on weekends. — Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It would be against the public interest to allow the place to operate, mainly because of Aug. 14,” the judge said, referring to an Aug. 14 fight inside the club that spilled outside. One person was stabbed during the melee. Whittier officials had complained that Rome Fine Dining has violated conditions imposed by the city in December and has been a public nuisance, requiring a high number of calls for police service. On Wednesday, Yaffe essentially sided with the city’s arguments. “You can’t call that (incident) isolated,” Yaffe said. “There is a pattern of events here.” Diamond said the reference to the Aug. 14 incident was unfair. WHITTIER — Rome Fine Dining, formerly Ibiza Steak and Lounge, cannot sell alcohol, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. Judge David Yaffe refused to block a City Council resolution unanimously approved Tuesday that revoked the restaurant/nightclub’s conditional-use permit, which allowed alcohol sales. Roger Jon Diamond, attorney for Rome Fine Dining, had asked Yaffe to let the club continue selling alcohol until Yaffe had a chance to hear a lawsuit Diamond filed early Wednesday morning that seeks to block the city’s action. The lawsuit will be heard in the future. Yaffe cited public safety concerns in refusing Diamond’s request.last_img

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